Live streaming of a real shipwreck, underwater research and dry dive through Virtual Reality

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Virtually experience the impact of World Wars, Atlantic Emigration and Spanish Armada in Cadiz.
10 May 2021 - TIDE  project
Photo by University of Cadiz.

We continue our virtual tour across the Atlantic Area to discover TIDE project partners’ pilot actions. This week, we move to the South of Spain where the University of Cadiz is planning to develop solutions to connect visitor attractions with real underwater sites that contain shipwrecks.

TIDE Spanish partners are planning three Virtual Reality (VR) actions connected to World Wars, Atlantic Emigration, and Spanish Armada project themes. The first one is a project developed in collaboration with the regional cultural authorities, the Natural Strait Park, Campus tecnológico de Algeciras Foundation, and local dive centers, and refers to a 19th shipwrecks underwater route, an underwater trail with museography information in the bottom. Visitors will therefore have the opportunity to experience the visit to real shipwrecks. 

Furthermore, Cadiz University plans to share the process of an underwater research of an Armada era shipwreck. This activity will consist in a live streaming of ‘La Ballenera’. “It will be a free access online streaming video during our research in the shipwreck”, explains Felipe Cerezo, researcher at Cadiz University and TIDE project partner. Last but not least, the University plans a dry dive on Gibraltar Strait Shipwrecks, a virtual dive on several shipwrecks to promote their conservation.

Meanwhile, don’t miss local visitor attractions!
Our partner Carlota Perez-Reverte, also from Cadiz University, guides us through a series of local attractions connected to Cadiz’s maritime history: 

  • Algeciras Museum offers a journey through the prehistory of the ‘Campo de Gibraltar’ and Roman-Byzantine, medieval, modern and contemporary archaeological and historical artefacts. 
  • Arsenal of La Carraca is an industrial complex that reminds the ‘Real Carenero’, a fundamental precedent in the 18th century. The initial plans of the enclosure date from 1720, but the building works began some years later with the main portal of the dock, the dry careening dams, the Battalion Barracks and the Four Towers Prison. 
  • Battalions Barrel building’s works began in 1786 and already in 1798, despite the economic difficulties, they were almost finished. It always functioned as the Marine Battalion Barracks, acting between 1823 and 1828 as accommodation for the French troops of the Hundred Thousand Sons of San Luis. Afterwards, it was used as a prison for the Carlist troops.
  • Cadiz Museum shows the evolution of the city from prehistoric times and includes numerous objects of underwater origin. There are artefacts related to the navy and the maritime history of Cadiz such as a collection of navigational instruments, objects from trade with the American continent, and the remains of English and Dutch shipwrecks resulting from armed conflicts. There are also artefacts from the chronology of the Napoleonic Wars that illustrate the history of the city during the siege by French troops.
  • Cape Trafalgar lighthouse was built in 1860, 55 years after the famous battle of Trafalgar. Its location offers a privileged point of view of the landscape where the naval combat took place, and it has been a key point for navigation since ancient times.
  • CER.ES Digital network of museum collections in Spain is a collective online catalogue. It brings together information and images of an important selection of the cultural assets of all the museums.
  • II World War Bunkers. The fortification of the Bay of Algeciras during the 20th century was one of the main projects carried out by Franco´s fascist dictatorial regime to guarantee the stability of the border between Spain and Gibraltar. For this reason, a belt of bunkers was built around the strait of Gibraltar and, specially, at Algeciras Bay. 
  • Natural Strait Park is the southernmost protected area on Europe and it combines an unique landscape, history and cultural values. The coasts of the park are bathed by two seas, in the east by the Mediterranean Sea and in the west by the Atlantic Ocean. The Strait of Gibraltar, which joins these seas, separates Europe from Africa, making this privileged space a place of passage for migratory birds and marine mammals and a key site for the navigation between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic throughout history. 
  • Naval Museum (San Fernando) is oriented to naval themes from different periods. It displays different assets from the area and from private collections, among them: valuable models of ships, nautical instruments, plates, engravings, models, uniforms, paintings, and an endless number of objects related to naval history.
  • Pantheon of Illustrious Seafarers was inaugurated in 1870 in San Fernando (Cádiz) and houses the remains of several Spanish seafarers. Inside it, all the famous sailors have their place, and even those who remained anonymous have a symbolic dedicated tombstone. 
  • Puerto Real Dock Museum (Navantia) is located in the Puerto Real Shipyard. Its history dates to the 16th century and it offers a journey through the history of shipbuilding in Spain and of the Puerto Real factory.

TIDE is developing tools to help University of Cadiz develop new tourism relationships with visitor attractions in other Atlantic regions. Stay tuned!

Click here to email  Ianire Renobales at ERNACT for further information

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